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Passengers safe as Singapore Airlines jet catches fire

Published 27/06/2016

An engine on fire on a Singapore Airlines flight (Lee Bee Yee via AP)
An engine on fire on a Singapore Airlines flight (Lee Bee Yee via AP)
Passengers leaving a Singapore Airlines flight after an engine fire, at Changi International Airport (Lee Bee Yee via AP)

A Singapore Airlines jetliner caught fire after the plane returned to Changi Airport because of an engine warning, but all the passengers and crew escaped unhurt.

The airline said the Boeing 777-300ER was on its way to Milan when it turned back "following an engine oil warning message".

It said the aircraft's right engine caught fire after Flight SQ368 touched down more than four hours after takeoff.

"The fire was put out by airport emergency services and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board," Singapore Airlines said.

It said the passengers were transferred to another aircraft that was due to depart for Milan later on Monday.

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